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Sunday, Sep 20, 2009

  

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Gold in Russia

GSC Game World Website has an update in Russian (thanks Big Download), indicating that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is gold and due on October 2. This update is not currently on the corresponding English version of the site, so this may just apply to Russia.

Activision Shooter Announcement Nears

This Gamasutra JobSeeker message discovered by superannuation hints at an upcoming announcement, seeking a lead designer as they "are currently hiring top talent for a soon to be announced project based on a successful Activision owned IP." They want someone with "5 years experience working on current AAA multiplayer shooters for current consoles and PC," and knowledge "of Maya, Quake and Unreal."

Monolith Game Hints

A Monolith Job Listing looks for a Senior Software Engineer - Gameplay, "to join the award winning team behind the F.E.A.R.™ and Condemned™ franchises creating game systems for exciting, cutting-edge first-person action games on PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and PC." This was spotted by superannuation, who also noticed another job listing that sounds like a different, less PC-oriented project from this bit: "Must have knowledge of competitive products and various gameplay genres (God of War and Wolverine, 3rd person brawlers) as well as a personal understanding of video game fun."

Steam Top Ten

The Saboteur Interview

The Saboteur Q&A on GameSpot interrogates Chris Hunt, the art director on Pandemic Studios' upcoming action/stealth game set during World War II. Topics include the setting in Paris, the pros and cons of using an unusual locale, research, inspirations for the look of certain places and characters, and more.

Op Ed

Gas Bandit Gaming - Why Warhammer Online is on its Deathbed.
The biggest problem is they forgot the lesson of their greatest design triumph: DAOC's 3-faction system. Warhammer uses a 2 faction system, like WoW. And, like WoW, this led to horrendous amounts of problems with population imbalances that got ever worse because the side with the most soldiers would win, and winning sides would attract more players while losing sides would lose players faster. Thus, the 2-faction RvR paradigm is doomed the moment one side starts to eke wins over the other. Conversely, the DAOC 3-faction RvR paradigm is self balancing rather than self-imbalancing. In the 3 faction system of DAOC, it was shown that when one faction started to gain dominance over a server, the other two factions would almost always call a "truce" with each other and focus their efforts on bringing down the top dog of the moment. The effect wasn't immediate, but it was much more balanced.

Sunday Q&A Roundup

On Sale

  • SalesCircular. Offers local sales brochures for all 50 states in the USA. Thanks Ant.

    Still on sale (previously reported)
     
  • Fry's Electronics Sale Brouchure. Thanks Ant.
  • Ageod's Military Strategies: Battles of 1750-1918 on GoGamer. Save 33%.
  • BioShock on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on Direct2Drive. Save $5.00: Use code 5OFFCOD4 at checkout.
  • Celtic Kings: Rage of War on GoG.com. Save 25%.
  • Chain of Command: Eastern Front on GoGamer. Save 67%.
  • Champions Online on GoGamer. Save 16%.
  • Cities XL on GoGamer. Save 5%.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • Dark Void Preorders on GameStop. Outlines the preorder bonus.
  • Dawn of Magic on GoGamer. Save 90%.
  • Dawn of Magic 2 on GoGamer. Save 20%.
  • Droplitz on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • East India Company on GoGamer. Save 25%.
  • Everquest II: The Complete Collection on GoGamer. Save 25%.
  • Fallen Earth Preorders on the Fallen Earth Store. Save 10% on multiple keys.
  • Fallen Earth Pre-purchase on Steam. Play Early and get exclusive items.
  • Fallout 3 on GoGamer. Save 40%.
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • Garry's Mod on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Haegemonia Gold Edition on GoG.com. Save 25%.
  • Heroes over Europe on GoGamer. Save 40%.
  • Madballs on Steam. Save 20% plus a free Guest Pass.
  • Majesty 2 Preorder on GamersGate. Save 20%, get Majesty Gold, plus new GG bonuses.
  • Max Payne 2 on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • MDK on Steam. Save 10%.
  • MLB 2K9 on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • Need for Speed: SHIFT on GoGamer. Save 30%.
  • Order of War Pre-Purchase on Steam. Exclusive content.
  • Order of War on GoGamer. Save 13%.
  • Original War on GoG.com. Save 25%.
  • Painkiller on GOG.com. Save $2.00.
  • Raven Squad: Hidden Dagger on GoGamer. Save 43%.
  • Resident Evil 5 on GoGamer. Save 16%.
  • Saints Row 2 on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on Direct2Drive and Steam. Save 50%.
  • Trine on Direct2Drive and Steam. Now $19.99.
  • Serious Sam Gold on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • Sid Meier's Pirates! on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition on GoGamer. Save 20%.
  • Thief: Deadly Shadows on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
  • Tropico 3 on GoGamer. Save 18%.
  • Twin Sector on Steam. In Europe - Save 10%.
  • Ubisoft Games on Ubisoft European E-Shop. Games as low as £9.99.
  • Unreal Tournament 3 Black Steam. Save 60%.
  • Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition on Steam. Now $1.99.
  • Unreal Deal Pack on Steam. Save 60%.
  • Wolfenstein on GoGamer. Save 40%.

Sunday Previews

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Mobilization

Metaverse

Safety Dance

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Giants at Cowboys on National TV tonight! For me it is tough to get a more exciting setup for just the second game of the season. Wowsers!

Excited Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: ClockWords.
Monopoly City Streets. Thanks jimnms.
EB2.
Links: Flamebait Video Game System Guide. Thanks Slashdot.
Super Mario Bros.-Inspired Evening Wear.
Flying logs crush Swedish man's home - again. Thanks Digg.
Stories: Killer escapes on trip to county fair. Thanks Boing Boing.
Man, Facing 90 Charges of Child Porn Possession, Blames Cat. Thanks theAntiELVIS.
Science: Girl Who Does Not Age, Brooke Greenberg Baffles Doctors. Thanks j.c.f.
Media: Left 4 Teletubbies. Thanks Digg.
TF2 - Unveiled- Scout's new melee weapon. NSFW. That's just wrong.
Octane Pistols of Fury. Thanks Chris.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.



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